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SolarWorld and PC-AERO Unveil Two New Solar-Powered Airplanes
Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On April 23, 2013 @ 5:53 pm In Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,News,Renewable Energy | 3 Comments
SolarWorld  and PC-Aero  just announced plans to launch two new solar-powered electric aircraft at the AERO Global Show for General Aviation  in Friedrichshafen, Germany this month. The show, scheduled to begin tomorrow, will feature the SolarWorld eOne prototype aircraft and an improved Elektra One Solar .
The new Electra One Solar is an improved version of the PC-Aero’s Electric Aircraft Elektra One, upgraded with a longer wind span and 6 square-meter solar cells on the wing surface. More than 1 kW of power necessary for flying is generated by the solar cells , while the onboard Li-Ion batteries  provide additional 1.5 kW. The aircraft which weighs just around 100kg without the batteries can fly more than eight hours straight, with a maximum range of 1,000 kilometers at the speed of 100 kmph. The aircraft’s body is entirely made from carbon composite materials.
Designed by SolarWorld, with the support from PC-Aero, SolarWorld eOne is a one-seater prototype aircraft  which also uses solar harvesting technology. The aircraft features a 16kw engine Thanks to its lightweight body made from carbon composite materials, the aircraft features a 16 kW engine, although only 2.5 kW is needed to get the plane airborn.
+ SolarWorld 
+ PC-AERO 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/SolarWorld-eOne-0.jpg
 SolarWorld: http://www.solarworld-usa.com/
 PC-Aero: http://www.pc-aero.de/
 AERO Global Show for General Aviation: http://www.aero-expo.com/aero-en/visitors/news/AERO-is-the-global-home-base-of-general-aviation.php
 Elektra One Solar: http://inhabitat.com/elektra-one-solar-plane-now-comes-with-its-own-photovoltaic-charging-trailer/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/Solar-World-eOne-3.jpg
 solar cells: http://inhabitat.com/sharps-concentrator-solar-cell-sets-43-5-conversion-efficiency-record/
 Li-Ion batteries: http://inhabitat.com/south-korean-scientists-develop-worlds-first-bendable-lithium-ion-battery/
 prototype aircraft: http://inhabitat.com/fuel-efficient-aeroscraft-airship-prototype-nearing-completion/
 + SolarWorld: http://www.solarworld.de/nc/presse/sunday-pressedienst/alle-artikel-sunday-pressedienst-ausgabe-12012/sunday-artikelansicht/article/der-sonne-entgegen/?cHash=f83517c1f22c375d54c0143a216ea5fd&sword_list%5B0%5D=eone
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